Judge breaks McGwire's HR rookie record, Yankees top Royals

Yankees' Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire’s rookie HR record

The rookie phenom is powering the New York Yankees' effort in a home tilt against the Kansas City Royals while hitting two home runs in the process.

Aaron Judge has tied Mark McGwire for the single-season Major League Baseball record for home runs by a rookie, belting his 49th of the year in the third inning of Monday's game against Kansas City at the Stadium. He broke it off Trevor Cahill in the seventh, launching a changeup just to the left of the bullpen beyond left-center field. Judge tied McGwire after looking at a called strike two and thinking he walked. His production sank the Royals as they concluded an 11-game road trip here in NY, finishing their 81-game road schedule with a makeup of a game originally rained out on May 25.

A rain-induced Monday afternoon game has emerged as maybe the most significant of Aaron Judge's career to date. They will be officially eliminated from playoff contention with another loss or another Twins victory. As hot as he is right now, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Judge will end up taking the record for himself and becoming the first rookie ever to reach 50 home runs.

CC Sabathia (13-5) improved to 9-0 after a Yankee loss this season by allowing three runs on six hits in six-plus innings.

Cerv, who played college baseball at Nebraska, hit 38 homers for the Athletics in 1958.

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